Upcoming Events

Traditional Sweetgrass Basket Weaving MORNING CLASS

Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 10:00 – 12:30
Location: Clinton Ave United Methodist Church, Clinton Avenue 122, Kingston
Category: MyKingston Kids Events

Come join us for other events that day such as natural dyeing, weaving and sewing a community quilt!

See the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/483100292620799/

Learn from three generations of Gullah Geechee women from South Carolina who have kept this family tradition alive straight from Africa

The first class was SOLD OUT so we've added this morning workshop. There is only room for 20 more people so reserve your spot early. By donation: Suggested $30-$150. Please Pay What You Can OR Pay It Forward

Thanks to an inspiring trip to Charleston, SC, Circle’s team found just the right sweetgrass basket weavers to share the tradition with us here in the Hudson Valley.

Learn the basics of weaving these renowned baskets with three generations of Gullah Geechee women from South Carolina who have kept this family tradition alive from Senegal and Sierra Leone, Africa.

Mother Martha Cayetano-Howard, daughter Andrea Cayetano-Jefferson, and granddaughter Chelsea Cayetano are flying in to lead this three-hour workshop during:

SANKOFA: A Day Of Traditional Craft

presented by Circle Creative Collective and My Kingston Kids in honor of Black History Month Kingston.

Martha is a fifth-generation basketweaver. She was taught to weave by her mother Rosa Barnwell Graddick, who was taught by her mother Martha Barnwell. Martha Cayetano grew up weaving sweetgrass baskets with her siblings and sold them along Highway 17N in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In the early 1980s, Martha got a booth in the Charleston City Market where you can still find her weaving most days along with her daughter, Andrea Cayetano Jefferson. Sweetgrass basket weaving is one of the oldest African art forms in the United States. The baskets are made from plants harvested by their family—including sweetgrass, bulrush, and long needle pine—and are woven together with strips of palmetto. The family’s work is on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Martha is now hand cutting and filing the traditional spoon handles for each participant to use for their small basket or hot plate. We are so honored to have her join us here in the Hudson Valley to teach us at Black History Month’s Sankofa event.

Admission: Suggested Donation $30-$150.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Best For Ages: All
Contact: Phone Number: 845-282-0182
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